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June 19, 2024

Delicious cocktail recipes for the monsoons

Schenelle Dsouza
The cool monsoon weather calls for a perfect drink. And while coffee and tea are delightful options, a stronger concoction like a cocktail comes to a close second. If you’re looking to enjoy a refreshing drink this monsoon, check out these delicious cocktail recipes from expert mixologists around the country.
Blah Hot Ponch – Aaditya Mali, Head Mixologist & Bar Manager, Blah!
Blah
Photo Courtesy: Blah
Ingredients:
30ml dark rum
30ml cranberry juice
60ml mulled wine cordial
60ml tulsi tea
10ml honey syrup
Garnish: 3 star anise / orange slice
Method: Build up
Butterfly Pea Gin Cocktail – Yash Advani, Founder, Maikada
Maikada
Photo Courtesy: Maikada
Ingredients:
45ml Butterfly Tea infused Gin
1/2 lime
Tonic for top up
Garnish: Edible flowers
Method: Built in glass over a square ice cube.
Camminata Nel Bosco Nelson Nair, AVP Operations at KA Hospitality, CinCin
CinCin
Photo Courtesy: CinCin
Ingredients:
2 ounces Jim Beam Bourbon (or bourbon of your choice)
1-ounce house-made Thyme Liqueur
1/2-ounce Berry Shrub
Fresh thyme sprig (for garnish)
Ice cubes
Method: In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon, house-made thyme liqueur, and berry shrub. Add a handful of ice cubes to the mixing glass or shaker. Stir the ingredients together using a bar spoon for about 30 seconds if using a mixing glass. If using a cocktail shaker, close it and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. If you chilled the glass, discard the ice cubes. Otherwise, you can choose to strain the cocktail into the glass over fresh ice cubes. Take a fresh thyme sprig and lightly slap it between your hands to release the herb’s aroma. Place the thyme sprig in the cocktail as a garnish. Sip, savour and enjoy!
Caramel Sour – Deepak Sharma, Mixologist/Brand Ambassador, Highbury Classic Whisky
Highbury Classic Whisky
Photo Courtesy: Highbury Classic Whisky
Ingredients:
60ml Highbury Classic Whisky
10ml lime juice
10ml caramel syrup
10ml coffee liqueur
10ml egg whites
Method: Shake all ingredients together with ice cubes and strain into a whisky glass over ice, garnish with coffee beans.
Highbury Highball – Deepak Sharma, Mixologist/Brand Ambassador, Highbury Classic Whisky
Highbury Classic Whisky
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Ingredients:
60ml Highbury Classic Whisky
60ml apple juice
5ml lime juice
Top up with ginger ale
Method: Build up with ice in a tall glass.
Indian Kimao – Nelson Nair, AVP Operations at KA Hospitality, Nara Thai, Mumbai
Nara Thai
Photo Courtesy: Nara Thai
Ingredients:
2 ounces Scotch whiskey
1-ounce coffee liqueur
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Lemon peel (for garnish)
Ice cubes
Method: In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker, combine the Scotch whiskey, coffee liqueur, and aromatic bitters. Add a handful of ice cubes to the mixing glass or shaker. Stir the ingredients together using a bar spoon for about 30 seconds if using a mixing glass. If using a cocktail shaker, close it and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. If you chilled the glass, discard the ice cubes. Otherwise, you can choose to strain the cocktail into the glass over fresh ice cubes. Swirl a lemon peel and place it on top of the glass as a garnish. Serve and enjoy.
Spicy Senor – Ishaan Bahl, Founder, 145 Cafe & Bar
145 Cafe & Bar
Photo Courtesy: 145 Cafe & Bar
Ingredients:
60ml silver tequila
20ml fermented starfruit
20ml lime juice
20ml fresh pineapple juice
20ml starfruit juice
15ml sugar syrup
Method: Muddle the fermented starfruit. Add the remaining ingredients to the shaker. Shake and double strain over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Glass rimmed with chilly salt.
The June’s Secret Mohit Gadgil, Restaurant and Beverage Manager, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
Photo Courtesy: JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
Ingredients: 
30ml cashew feni
39ml vodka
10ml simple syrup
10ml lime juice
45ml homemade litchi compote
Method: Mix all the ingredients in a shaker. Add ice. Shake well. Strain the drink in a cocktail glass. Garnish with pea flowers.
Tramonto Akash More, Head bartender, Asilo
Asilo
Photo Courtesy: Asilo
Ingredients:
45ml of Amaretto20ml of Diplomatico dark rum30ml of fresh lemon juice10ml of simple syrup1 egg white2 drops of Angostura bitters

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